Our schools are using both the "Everyday Math" and "Investigations" math programs with elementary students, both of which are constructivist in nature. A major complaint of parents with these programs is that students don't receive enough traditional practice in order to build automaticity of basic skills.
My question is this: What kinds of complementary math materials do you use with your students?
Feel free to use the math resources (or any of the subjects) on my web site. Everything is sorted by subject and topic and the hyperlinks are all graphical. Included are the Everyday Math demo games which are highlighted on their site. Enjoy!
You asked some great questions. We use Everyday Math in my district, too. The district opted for K-5 full adoption instead of phasing it in over two or three years. That first year was a nightmare for the upper grades. The students and parents were confused. They weren't familiar with the spiral and didn't have the benefit of using the program during the previous year(s) like you said. I teach first grade so the transition wasn't as hard for my students.
My school also has a transient population. Our new students struggle immensely with Everyday Math in the upper grades if they haven't been in the Everyday Math program. Parents get upset because it doesn't make sense to them. I would like to hear how other schools help the new students transition into Everyday Math,too.
When my colleagues and I looked at the program before implementing it, we had lots of questions. Once we started using the program, things started to make sense. It is hard to get everyone on board.
We have another problem. My district's current grading practice of using letter grades (A, B...) in grades 1-2 and numerical grades(92%-100% is A...) in grades 3-5 doesn't follow the Everyday Math-Beginning/Developing/Secure. How does your district report student progress?
We had been using "Everyday Math" in our school system for grades k - 8 but have now switched in the middle school (6-8) to the McGraw Hill Glencoe Series because of this problem. I am presently teaching 6th. It (Mcgraw Hill Glencoe) is much better and has great resources for use with my smartboard and an online textbook. As a teacher, most publishing company will send samples so you can consider changing the program.
If you cannot convince the school system to switch to a different book or if you don't want to do that, there are several other ideas I use for reinforcing practice. One way around all the everyday augmentation of practice sheets might be to develop some project based web assignments - if you are collaborating with grade-level colleages, you could spread the work around for creating several different projects which could run throughout the year. If not, start small and develop one project a year and build on it. Another possibility is to choose one day a week that is the "practice day" and do review games and reinforcemnt activity that day every week; students can create a list of sites/links which they have found to practice basic/fundamental math concepts.
Thank you for sharing this site.
I am so happy to have found it. It will be shared with all teachers I know. We will start using it on Monday. This is a great place to have the students work on the math concepts at home and here at school.
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Hi, Donna. Our district uses Everyday Mathematics, as well. Our parents are not comfortable with the ways it teaches students to add, subtract, multiply and divide. They feel that they cannot help them when they become stuck. I always teach the traditional methods and let my students decide which method they feel comfortable with. I am going to use Greg's resource he mentioned in his reply to you. I reviewed it and found it be very beneficial,
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